Eco Nail Polish: SOIGNÉ Winter Collection
With Christmas and New Year out of the way it’s time to jump back into the world of nail art and all things blog related. Now, I could have spent my time re-working the blog, which, to be honest I think it really could do with some tweaks here and there. Instead of that I’ve been having fun testing out this beautiful collection of winter polishes by SOIGNÉ: Avant La Lettre.
The hues in the collection have been inspired by bold winter shades such as deep and fiery reds from roaring fires, to dark haunting greys to accompany the long winter nights.
Soigné polish unique within my collection. Why? Because it’s the first Eco polish I’ve ever owned. So, before I dive into the review I want to take a moment here to highlight the ‘eco’ side of things because I feel it’s actually something quite important and worth keeping in mind throughout the review. I can’t write their ‘About Us‘ section better than they have written it already so here’s the section that explains all the important information.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Soigné is rewriting the rules of ECO nail polish, we are safer to use than many other brands on the market, whilst still offering the highest standard of quality and luxury. Our exceptional formula contains no harmful carcinogens and up to 85% Plant-sourced, natural ingredients, extracted from natural origins such as wood pulp, cotton, potato, corn, wheat and manioc.
EACH POLISH CONTAINS:
Up to 85% of Plant-sourced, natural ingredients
No harmful carcinogens (5 Free formula)
No animal testing
What does 5 Free Formula mean?
This term is in reference to nail polishes do not contain the following in their formula’s:
Camphor – a waxy, flammable, white or transparent solid with a strong aromatic odor.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – a commonly used plasticizer. It is also used as an additive to adhesives or printing inks.
Formaldehyde – mainly to produce resins used in particleboard products and as an intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals.
Formaldehyde Resin – is synthetic polymers obtained by the reaction of phenol or substituted phenol with formaldehyde. Used as the basis for Bakelite, PFs were the first commercial synthetic resins (plastics).
Toluene – is a colourless, water-insoluble liquid with the smell associated with paint thinners.
In the simplest form it means non-toxic.
Séduisant – This alluring rouge will have the guys falling head over heels for your deep and sultry fingertips. The perfect choice for a romantic night by the fire, you won’t be disappointed in this colour’s irresistible lure. £11.00
Mystérieuse – This sophisticated shade is almost impossible to define. Dark grey in one light, green in another, the colour leaves an air of mystery about your person. When teamed with a pair of knockout matching heels, you’ll be catching everyone’s attention, leaving them mesmerised by your enticing fingertips. £11.00
Chérir – This beautiful shimmering pearl shade will have you thinking fondly upon treasured memories of winter walks in the park and icicle adorned rooftops. It is the perfect addition to your Christmas party getup, so put on those glad rags and shine! £11.00
Added extra: Cerise – Like a piping hot cherry pie, this luxurious, deep cerise colour entices childhood memories of tasting your first cherry. Stained lips and juicy fingers, you’ll feel a burst of sweetness and a fresh and fruity bite to this polish. £11.00
I can safely say I’ve never had a better packaged polish. The outer packaging very sleek and clean looking in elegant monochrome, with the card casing finished in matte. The polish is very safely encased within two sections of hard foam as shown below.
Coat 1: 2-3 minutes.
Coat 2: 3-5 minutes.
These brushes were amazing to work with. Even though there were a few bristles out of place here and there, I found it very easy to apply the polish very neatly and not have to spend time cleaning up. The brush was different, more angular, on the Cerise polish as it’s part of a different collection, which is the only polish I used any clean-up on to neaten the edges.
Here’s coat one and two of the polishes, even though I considered a third coat for the Chérir.
For all polishes this was surprisingly easy with very little staining. I thought that the Séduisant and Mystérieuse would stain the nail for sure, however, after a good clean they looked perfectly fine!
Firstly I will say that I have quite oily nails, so usually my varnish shells off very quickly. I wore this for two days (no top coat) with no chips and only some minor ones on the third day. By day four it really was time to remove the polish and start fresh.
I’ve never before owned an ‘eco’ polish so after years of pasting polish over my nails this was something interesting and new to try. Such a great addition to my collection and wonderful shades for the chilly winter season. Big thank you to Rachel at Mantelpiece PR for sending these lovely polishes on to me!Google+